Theresa had some things to take care of before her family goes on vacation. Keith Still will be filling in for her this week.
Over the past two months, our family has tried to pack as much fun as possible into the kids’ summer break. We have hiked in Idaho, played in the snow on Mount Rainier, Wash., and dipped our toes in the freezing Pacific Ocean along the Oregon coast. Our girls have spent hours swimming in the neighborhood pool and playing with friends. They have practiced softball and gymnastics; held talent shows on the living room hearth, played board games and eaten their weight in ice cream.
Now, this week marks the beginning of the end – of summer – for most students around metro Atlanta. It’s T minus 14 days and counting until that school bus comes rumbling down the street; then another 180 school days of backpacks, homework and dressing out for P.E. before they enjoy another real taste of freedom.
In a last-ditch effort to squeeze in a little more summer (and put off the dreaded back-to-school shopping), I took our girls to St. Simons for a few days to visit family and actually enjoy the much warmer waves of the Atlantic. Driving home yesterday, I clearly wasn’t the only Atlantan heading back from the beach. Interstates 95, 16 and 75 were full of metro-area cars laden with bikes and boogie boards all heading back to the ATL.
Back home, the children filled Daddy in on the news from the beach and then resigned themselves to two weeks filled with dentist and orthodontist appointments, shopping, Open House and a regular morning and nighttime schedule. “Summer,” as my sunburned sixth grader said, “was fun while it lasted.”
I have some friends who are itching for school to start back and for things to return to “normal”. While I do like to have a normal routine, I always feel like there’s not enough time to do everything we want before the end of summer and wish the kids had just a few more weeks off. I guess we can still look forward to several nice weekends before homework, sports and autumnal breezes take over. If you’re looking for a things your family can do in the final days of summer, check out these websites for ideas.
Are you ready for school to start back? More importantly, are your kids ready? How did your family spend the summer? Did you accomplish everything you wanted over the break? What do you and your kids like to do for fun in their fleeting days of freedom?